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Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

3 steps to firmer skin with luxurious new products from The Body Shop

3 steps to firmer skin with luxurious new products from The Body Shop

So I’ve got a review today about some products that I know you’re going to be very excited about. When I posted a sneak peek of these new products on Twitter a couple of weeks ago things went crazy and my tweet had more likes and retweets than any I’d ever posted before! It’s the brand new Firming Ritual from The Body Shop® Spa Of The World™ collection and it was only launched in shops on 18th July 2017. I really love the new collections that The Body Shop® have brought out over the past couple of years, one of my favourites is Oils Of Life that launched in 2015. There are 4 new products in the Firming Ritual collection and I’ve been trying them out for the past couple of weeks. The products have been designed around a luxurious three-step ritual to help firm and tone the skin and all the products contain fantastic ingredients that are well known to stimulate and refine those areas that need a...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Soft & Gentle bring out a new paraben free deodorant

Soft & Gentle bring out a new paraben free deodorant

You may have read some of the scary research recently that links parabens (a preservative ingredient found in loads of health and beauty products) with breast cancer, and whilst there is no evidence yet to prove that using parabens causes breast cancer more and more people are choosing to ditch parabens in favour of something more natural. I’m gradually trying to replace all of my old skincare and bodycare products with natural alternatives so that my body comes into contact with less parabens and other nasty chemicals. One of the types of products which seems to be very late to the natural table is deodorant, there isn’t a wide variety of paraben-free products available yet but I was really pleased to see that Soft & Gentle, a well-known household brand, had brought out this new 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorant. It’s free from parabens, allergens and aluminium and uses astringent plant extracts that shrink the sweat pores to reduce perspiration whilst natural herb sage acts as a deodoriser. Available in three...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Bath & Body, Random, Skincare | 0 comments

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

LUSH is one of those brands that I’ve dabbled with but never really fully immersed myself in. I have to admit that I’m sometimes put off going into the stores by the strong scent that comes wafting out of the doors, and I’m not really a bath bomb fan either, which is kind of LUSH’s big thing. However I have read great reviews of loads of their products and they have great ethics when it comes to animal testing and using natural products – last year I reviewed a LUSH fresh facemask, Cosmetic Warrior, and it’s innovations like this that are totally different and where LUSH really stands out from its competitors. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the big reopening event of the LUSH store in York. The store had been closed for a few weeks while it was being refurbished and I was very excited to see the result. We were welcomed to the store with drinks and a welcome speech from the store manager....

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Get firm skin with Trilogy Firming Body Lotion

Get firm skin with Trilogy Firming Body Lotion

It’s so important to know what you’re putting on your skin. Have you ever read the ingredient list of your favourite skincare product and wondered what everything is and what it does? When I’m choosing and purchasing my own skincare and bodycare products I always look for brands that contain natural or organic ingredients and Trilogy is one of those brands that I often choose. Voted New Zealand’s no 1 skincare brand the majority of their products are designed around rosehip, a super food for the skin that helps  cells to repair themselves. Trilogy Firming Body Lotion is a body moisturiser that helps to nourish, smooth and firm the skin and improve the skin’s natural elasticity. It contains rosehip, evening primrose (aids in the regeneration of skin cells) and caffeine (has a firming effect on the skin). I’ve been using Firming Body Lotion for 2 weeks now, applying it after a bath or shower. I find that the lotion leaves skin looking quite matt, but it does feel soft...

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

I took the Skinade 30-day trial…

I took the Skinade 30-day trial…

Skinade is an anti-ageing skincare drink, it aims to increase skin hydration and radiance, plus reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One of the main ingredients is collagen, a protein that naturally occurs in the body, it is responsible for skin support, firmness, elasticity, hydration, and the constant production of new skin cells. However as we grow older our body loses collagen, causing skin ageing which results in wrinkles, dry skin and fine lines. Other important ingredients in Skinade include Vitamin C and Vitamin B Complex. The Skinade drink should be taken once each day, and will start showing results after around a month. I was sent a 30 day supply of Skinade to try out, to see if it really works. Skinade is an orange coloured, peach flavoured drink – it took me a few days to get used to the flavour as I thought it was quite sweet and artificial at first but I gradually grew to like it. It tastes particularly refreshing if you keep it...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Protect skin this Spring!

Protect skin this Spring!

So I know it’s still a long way off Summer but we’ve had a few bright days over the last week that suggest Spring is just around the corner. It doesn’t have to be the height of Summer for you to get sunburn, sometimes you can get caught when you’re least expecting it like on a breezy Spring day. We had a weekend away in the Peak District with family recently and I took ERiiS for Sun Latte Solare Sun Protection Milk with me to try it out. With one baby, one toddler and one dog we had lots of walking planned, and the weather was bright and sunny but cool – the sort of weather when you can easily get caught by the sun when you’re not prepared. ERiiS for Sun is an Italian brand, free from parabens and the active ingredients include carrot extract, a rich source of beta carotene that helps to repair skin tissue. Available in SPF 15, 30 and 50 there’s a protection to...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Bath & Body | 1 comment

Relax with Botanicals organic body oil

Relax with Botanicals organic body oil

Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that wherever possible I use organic bodycare products, and that I simply adore the organic brand Botanicals. A British brand whose aim is to create products ‘which are as close to nature as possible’, their bodycare and skincare is simply second to none and they’re certified by The Soil Association. Over the past couple of years I’ve tried several of their products including my favourite Cleansing Melt and I haven’t found anything that I don’t like yet! This month I’ve been trying their Deep Peace Aromatic Body Oil which arrived with me just at the right time – my husband had man flu, I had a cold and I was looking after our 16 month old toddler alone. Deep Peace was just what my body was craving!   I was sent a small glass bottle of the oil to try, but the full size product is a larger 100ml pump bottle (it also comes in 200ml and 1 litre bottles too). The directions...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Bath & Body, Skincare | 0 comments

What’s new from The Body Shop this Valentines Day?

What’s new from The Body Shop this Valentines Day?

You may have seen that a couple of weeks ago I featured the brand new Bowhanti perfume from The Body Shop® as my Perfume of The Day. Well today I’ve got a whole host of more brand news products from The Body Shop® to show you, and I think you’ll be impressed! First up is the new Almond Milk & Honey bodycare collection, newly released on Valentines Day! With almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, this range is perfect if you suffer from sensitive or dry skin. Almond oil helps to nourish whilst honey soothes, and they both smell fantastic too! I’ve been trying out four different products from the range: Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Shower Cream is perfect for sensitive skin, it’s really light and much thinner and runnier than a shower gel. It has a texture similar to that of pouring cream, and it smells divine (in fact all these products smell amazing!). The scent is warm and comforting like...

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